November 9, 2014
Man with a Blue Scarf (2010)
Author: Martin Gayford
Lucian Freud (1922-2011), widely regarded as the greatest figurative painter of our time, spent seven months painting a portrait of the art critic Martin Gayford. The daily narrative of their encounters takes the reader into that most private place, the artist’s studio, and to the heart of the working methods of this modern master—both technical and subtly psychological. From this emerges an understanding of what a portrait is, but something else is also created: a portrait, in words, of Freud himself. This is not a biography, but a series of close-ups: the artist at work and in conversation at restaurants, in taxis, and in his studio. It takes one into the company of the painter for whom Picasso, Giacometti, and Francis Bacon were friends and contemporaries, as were writers such as George Orwell and W. H. Auden. Download discussion guide here.
December 14, 2014
Modern Art: The Groundbreaking Moments (2012)
Author: Brad Finger
Chronologically arranged, each chapter focuses on a particular work or idea that changed modern art as we know it. Through beautiful spreads and with informative text, readers will discover how a painting such as Édouard Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe shocked the art establishment with its depiction of nude women alongside fully clothed men. The author explains how the work's striking visual quality and easy brushstrokes helped give birth to the Impressionist movement. This book features a number of similarly pioneering works such as Monet's Impression, Sunrise, Cézanne's Mon Sainte-Victoire, Van Gogh's Wheatfield with Crows, Rodin's Monument to Balzac, Matisse's Woman with a Hat, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Duchamp's Bicycle Wheel, Ernst's Aquis Submersus, Rivera's La Creaci--n, Calder's Lobster Trap and Fish Tail, Pollock's Full Fathom Five, Nam June Paik's TV Cello, Smithson's Spiral Jetty, and Chuck Close's Bob.
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